LAUREN MOCK OF KAI FRAGRANCE AND LOVE ME KNOT JEWELS
"You realize who your true friends are because it's more of an effort to get together with people. Post grad there are no set plans, which is both a good and a bad thing. Sometimes I stay in; other times I'll explore new places and parts of town I normally wouldn't have gone to in college."
I spoke to Lauren Mock, Creative and Marketing Manager at kai fragrance and co-founder of Love Me Knot Jewels, about post-grad life, moving from coast to coast, and confidence through fashion. Her dreamy sun-soaked L.A. life is filled with baller Instagram posts, SoulCycle rides, and working at one of the most delicious fragrance companies.
You moved from NYC to California, and after that kind of move for college a lot of people return. What captured your heart in LA?
Surprisingly I hate change, and I actually hated LA when I first came out here; it was a really hard adjustment because it felt like I was living in a different country. The people are very different, especially from my carb-loving, fast-paced new york self. But ultimately, I think what captured my heart about LA is the lifestyle… once I finally got used to it; I realized I preferred it. There’s something about getting in my car in the morning, driving to work down pacific coast highway and looking at the ocean that's much more relaxing than squishing myself in between two randoms on a jam packed LIRR for an hour into the city. And of course, I was sold on the weather; let’s just say winter and I don’t get along.
What's the biggest difference in your social life in college vs. post-graduation?
This is embarrassing, but I am a lot more tired post-grad. I've also found that since graduating everyone isn’t necessarily around, people move back home or move to a different part of town. You realize who your true friends are because it's more of an effort to get together with people. Post grad there are no set plans, which is both a good and a bad thing. Sometimes I stay in; other times I’ll explore new places and parts of town I normally wouldn’t have gone to in college.
You have your own jewelry brand, Love Me Knot. How did that come about? How did you reflect your own personal style growing up?
It’s actually a funny story. My best friend Caitlin and I saw these beaded necklaces everywhere and we loved them, really wanted to buy them but didn’t want to splurge (they were around $300 and we were unemployed college students living la Vida at home) so we basically decided that we would learn how to make them and do it ourselves. We took a trip to NYC bought some random materials and made a few necklaces to keep for ourselves. Once people saw us wearing them, they immediately wanted to buy them off of us, so we just started selling them and that’s kind of just how it came to be. It’s ironic because it’s been almost three years and neither one of us actually owns one necklace to call our “own”; we’d much rather see someone else rocking it than keep it for ourselves, it’s really cool to see someone you might not even know wearing something you made.
I love doing it; even more so after schools been done. I’m the type of person who needs to be doing something constantly so it’s like “fun homework”. Accessories have always always been a big part of my life. Growing up, I wore these stylish hair ties (shoutout to Denny’s childrenswear) and scarves, headbands whatever it was. When high school rolled around and I wore a uniform every day, accessories were the only way you could express yourself. I always wanted to stand out and be different from everyone else and I chose accessories to do it; that still holds true now.
What are 3 accessories every woman should own?
• a nice lipstick. I just got some of the tom ford lips & boys and I’m obsessed with Leonardo
• A good clutch - I don’t really use big bags and I make clutches out of everything - makeup bags and iPad cases are no exception.
• A signature scent- I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been working at a fragrance company or what but I’m obsessed with the mixing of scents. I love when you walk in a room and people say wow what are you wearing you smell amazing!? I mix a bunch of things up so that no one can really smell exactly like me.
A mainstay since your teenage years…
Hmmmm, I think I’d have to say a sweet pair of high top sneakers. I wear sneakers more than anything.
What's your advice to people on feeling good upon waking up in the morning?
For starters let me say that I wouldn’t consider myself a morning person; I used to be that girl who slept until 130 pm on the weekends. Getting to work by 8 am is something I have down to a science....but, the mornings when I wake up after a night of good sleep (I try to get at least 8 hours) I wake up in a better mood. If it’s a clear day, I can see the sunrise from my bedroom window, which prompts me to go outside and snap a few pics from my balcony. It starts my day off on the right foot and genuinely makes me feel grateful for where I am in that exact moment. (Very #Namaste and LA of me to say, but also very true)
You work at Kai. Can you explain the brand a bit, and why you gravitated there for your career?
Kai is a niche fragrance, bath, body and home line that is entirely based on one intoxicating scent of gardenias and white exotic flowers. It smells amazing - as if you just stepped off of a plane in Hawaii (although I’ve never been to Hawaii, this is what people like Kate Bosworth say about it, so I trust it). I’m a firm believer in everything happens for a reason. I interned at Kai for almost two years throughout college; when graduation rolled around, they created a job for me to join the team as creative and marketing manager. Working at Kai has been such an amazing experience because it’s a small team environment and everyone genuinely values your opinion, so I am really excited for what’s to come.
What's been one of the most exciting moments for you career-wise in 2016?
First and foremost, just having a career that has to do with what I went to college for has been exciting and I am so grateful for that! At Kai, we’re working on a lot of new projects to expand the line which is really exciting, especially for me to work on these from start to finish and see them come to life. And with Love Me Knot we’ve been working with new materials and styles to mix things up a bit so that’s been fun too.
What's a typical Friday like for you? How about an ideal Saturday?
A typical Friday is getting dinner and drinks after work with my friends or boyfriend or both. Sometimes we'll go out after or we'll stay in and watch a movie. My ideal Saturday is not being hungover. If I'm hungover, then it's binge watching old seasons of greys anatomy. If not, then it's a Soulcycle class that plays rap music followed by a serenity juice from Kreation or a breakfast burrito from lily’s café in Malibu (depending on how healthy I'm feeling) and a walk on Montana ave and some window shopping with my boyfriend and dog.... if I'm in need, a Mani Pedi at olive and June. To finish it off, a wine and cheese picnic at the beach long enough watch the sunset... I try to watch the sunset as much as I possibly can; sometimes I’ll drive to the park by myself and just sit and watch alone. But that’s my ideal Saturday, so let’s be real, sometimes I only accomplish two of these things.
What are your favorite restaurants in LA and NYC?
It’s funny because most of my favorites are in both places (like Taco Bell) but really I pretty much eat at the same three restaurants.
milo and olive
church key for their brioche donuts
any pizza place with a slice as big as my head